THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS

Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index



  EDWIN PERKINS, a well-known farmer, residing on his forty-acre farm in the town of Cazenovia, was born a few rods from his present home, March l, 1838. His father, Stillman M. Perkins, was also a native of this town, born here in 1810, and died on his farm, one-half mile from that of our subject, in 1885, in his seventy-sixth year. He was a son of Eliab Perkins, a native of Ashfield, Mass., who came to Cazenovia with his father, Abiezer Perkins, in 1804, when twenty years of age. He married a Miss Merick, their family in later years consisting of nine children, of whom the father of our subject was second in order of birth. They came here when the country was comparatively new, and Albany was the nearest market and depot of supplies. He died in middle life, when about forty-eight years old; and his widow survived him but a few years. His son, Stillman M. Perkins, was united in marriage to Anna Webster, who was born at Fort Ann, this State, and was brought here on horseback, when a babe, by her mother, whose maiden name was Olive Kingsley. The latter was first married to a Mr. Ward, to whom she bore three sons. By her marriage to Abijah Webster she had a family of six or seven children. Of the family of Stillman M. and Anna (Webster) Perkins, one son died in early childhood, and a daughter, Susan Jane, at the age of twenty. The living are: L. B. Perkins, an invalid, residing at Georgetown, this county; Edwin, of this notice; Eliab, a Oneida farmer of this locality; Olive, wife of Charles Wagoner, of Georgetown; and George W., a farmer on an adjoining farm, which forms a part of two hundred acres left by the father. The latter died as mentioned above; and some three years later the mother passed away, at the age of seventy-five. They were people of high moral character, and in their riper years, at least, were Christians both at heart and by profession. Edwin Perkins received a good schooling in his youth, and at the age of eighteen commenced to teach school, which occupation he followed for ten or twelve winters here and in Pennsylvania. In November,1862, he was united at the marriage altar to Helen A. Mason of this town, daughter of Cooley Mason of the town of Nelson. Of this union there is one daughter, Ida Louise Bowers, now a widow and residing at home. Mr. Perkins is engaged in general farming. Although not a regularly qualified veterinary surgeon, he possesses an extensive knowledge of the disease of horses and the best methods of cure, and is frequently called upon by his neighbors to render services in this direction, meeting with great success. He is one of the substantial men of his town, takes an interest in the progress and advancement of the community in which he lives, and with his excellent wife is universally regarded as a useful and upright citizen.

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